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Dishwasher Detergent

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So I am trying to make most of the things we usually buy at home.  Sometimes it’s worth the trouble sometimes I chalk it up with a learning experience.  I have been researching dish detergents for a while now.  I love using organic detergent without all of the nasty chemicals in them but they get so expensive.  I finally came up with a recipe with help of many blogs and forums and decided to give it a try.  What would it hurt right?

Here’s the recipe I used:

1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, totally different)
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Sea Salt (I used fine grain)
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
40 Drops Lavender EO
45 Drops Grapefruit EO

I put everything in a mason jar and shook it well to combine.  I just ran my first load and … It works great!  No residue, no food stuck on anything.  I am impressed.  We also do a vinegar rinse in our jet dry thing since we have hard water.  It didn’t cost me much… I had the washing soda and borax already from making my own laundry detergent.  You could use whatever EO’s you wanted but I chose mine because of their specific properties.

Lavender EO: Lavender is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and aromatic properties (mountainroseherbs.com)

Grapefruit EO: Grapefruit is known to have antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties (mountainroseherbs.com).  The citrus also helps cut grease which is nice for dishes as well.

I am surprised it worked out so well.  Usually things have to be tweaked a bit because of things like the type of dishwasher you have, type of water you have, etc.  I love it when things work out, don’t you!?!

-Namaste 

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Rose Hip “Jam”

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This morning I was browsing herbmentor.com reading though the forum when a quick and easy recipe for Rose Hip “Jam”.  I thought to myself well I do love rose hips and I do love jam so what can go wrong with this?  Absolutely nothing, it’s amazing, yummy and a new favorite in our house!  So what’s the recipe?

Dried Rose hips
Fruit Juice (I used what was left from my Archer Farms blueberry pomagranite smoothie).

Place your rose hips in a sealable jar such as a canning jar.  Cover them with your juice and place in the refrigerator.  I checked in after a half an hour, stirred it and added a bit more juice.  After an hour I couldn’t wait anymore to try it out.  It’s amazing and good for you too!

Here’s a link regarding rosehips click to download this little booklet by Rosalee de la Foret Rose Hips Booklet it has some great info on it’s benefits and some great recipes as well!

-Namaste

Beeswax

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I use a lot of beeswax in my balms, lotions, candles, and soaps.  And, I always try to use my local beekeepers as a source.  I was happy when I stumbled upon a new seller at my local farmers market who had 1 jar of fresh beeswax for sale.  You can’t get any better than that.  Now for those of you who have only used pre-strained and molded beeswax the original product looks a bit different.  Example A: So what do I do to make it usable?  Start by melting it down like this:

I place the beeswax in a pan and heat it over low heat.  You could also do this in a crock pot if you have to melt a lot of it.  As you can see there is particulates (pollen, bee parts), honey, and wax that come out of this.  Once it is completely melted I pour it through a strainer into a bowl and let it set like this:
The particulates and the honey sink to the bottom and the wax hardens on the top.  I peel off the wax melt it down and strain one more time but this time use a Pyrex dish.  While it’s still warm I pour it into molds through the strainer and allow to harden 1 more time like this:

Each little nugget is .3 oz and is particulate free, honey free, and beautiful usable beeswax.  ❤ it!  It’s a bit of work but you can’t get any fresher than that.  The honey that was left over was delicious too!

– Namaste

Deodorant

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I have been interested in trying more of a natural form of deodorant for a while now.  One of the reasons I have not yet done so is that it is really hard for me to pay $8 for 1 thing of it.  It’s just so expensive.  As I was looking around at different recipes for deodorant I got inspired and came up with my own recipe.  Before I give it all to you (my mom taught me it’s good to share) let’s discuss what’s in commercial deodorant.  In front of me is my husband’s Degree for men.  The ingredient list is as follows:

Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex
Cyclopentasiloxane
Stearyl alcohol
PPG-14 butyl ether
Hydrogenated castor oil
Talc
Fragrance
PEG-8 distearate
Zea mays (corn) starch
BHT

Now let’s look up this deodorant in the cosmetic database…. here’s what it says:

Health concerns of ingredients
About the ratings
Overall Hazard yes
Cancer yes
Developmental & reproductive toxicity yes
Allergies & immunotoxicity yes
Use restrictions yes
Other HIGH concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns
Other MODERATE concerns: Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Other LOW concerns: Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology, Data gaps

I highly recommend this website btw.  I encourage you to look up each ingredient listed here.  You will be amazed at what you are putting on your body!  Well I don’t want that on my body and since skin is the largest organ, in my body either!  I have found when starting a new regime you have to do it for a while to let your body detox first.  This can be uncomfortable, slightly icky, and could be stinky too depending on what part of you is going through detox.

I came up with a recipe based on a few I read on the internet that I am sure will need some tweaking.  But here it is:
1/4 c Baking Soda
1/4 c Corn Starch
1/4 c Coconut Oil (I decided to try Shea Butter instead)
10 drops Lavender EO
10 drops Clary Sage EO
10 drops Tea Tree EO
5 drops Eucalyptus EO

Place Baking Soda and Corn Starch in a bowl, mix until blended.  Place Shae Butter in a microwave safe dish and heat for 30 seconds.  Stir to melt completely.  Add the essential oil blend to the Shea Butter and stir until completely incorporated.  Pour into the bowl with the soda and starch.  Mix together (this will form a very thick batter consistency).  Pour into a jar with a lid (I used a small 4 oz canning jar).

To use scoop up a small amount on your fingers and rub onto your arm pits.  Now remember this isn’t an antiperspirant.  You are supposed to perspire to release toxins.  This will however deodorized.  I plan to use this whole jar and I will update you how much I like it periodically.  So far the smell is wonderful as is the feel.  It is very nourishing.  I am thinking if I make it again I will do 50/50 Shea Butter and Coconut Oil or Butter.  It is still a bit white when I look where I put it, but we’ll see how it goes.

-Nameste

UPDATE (8/13/2011 11:33pm):  I used the deodorant tonight after I was done getting ready for an end of the summer party a few of our friends were having tonight.  While the deodorant can still leave white traces if it is not completely rubbed in.  Anyways, I put this on a headed out to this outdoor party.  I experienced no wetness at all (though it was not that hot today) and even now at home 5 hours later I still smell fresh.  I don’t have the lovely herbal smell like when you first put it on but there is no odor at all.  I am in love with this stuff right now and so is the hubby.  We’ll see if that positivity continues.

UPDATE (8/25/2011 9:07pm):  My husband and I are still using the deodorant and I have to say I love it.  There is absolutely no body odor.  It’s been a bit toasty lately here in good ole Wisconsin so this stuff has really gone through the testing process.  While I have had some sweating (remember that is normal) it has only been a little.  I feel I actually sweat more when using traditional deodorant/antiperspirant.  The herbal blend is amazing and love how it smells.  Also, my armpits are very smooth and moisturized due to all that shea butter.  Once this one is done I am still going to try out 1/2 Shea and 1/2 Coconut oil and I am going to put it in a tube instead of a jar.